EMIR OF KANO
14½ x 10¾ ins. 37 x 27.5 cms. on card
Emir Sir Muhammadu Sanusi I, KBE was the Emir of Kano from 1954–1963. He was the eldest son of Emir Abdullahi Bayero. He was a powerful Emir who had substantial influence in Colonial Northern Nigeria. He hosted Queen Elizabeth II when she visited Kano in 1956. The power tussle between him and his distant cousin Sir Ahmadu Bello the Sardauna of Sokoto and accusations of financial malfeasance led to his abdication, and subsequent self exile in Azare 1963. His grandson, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria was Emir of Kano from 2014–2020. Sanusi belonged to the reformed Tijaniyya order of Ibrahim Niass.
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